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  • n. Plural form of foresail.


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  • We put up the main and mizzen, dropped our mooring line, and eased out of the harbor, raising the foresails as we went.

    Vineyard Chill

  • I saw two schooners scudding with only their foresails set, and shortly after a vessel making signals of distress, having lost her masts, bulwarks, and boats in the gale.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • The foresails cost a bit less $30,000 each, but they take a bigger beating during races.

    The Best Seat In Sports

  • The launch must have reached the frigate which was now sheeting home her foresails to turn away from land and the bang had merely been the wind slatting the canvas, but it saved Sharpe's life.

    Sharpe's Prey

  • The last boat rowed back to the warship, then the Frenchman loosed her topsails and chanting seamen hauled out the foresails to catch the wind and turn the ship westward as the other sails were loosed.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • It was still hull down, but he could see two layers of sails above the skyline and make out the flattened shape of the foresails as they fought to gain a purchase on the wind.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • The foresails jibs and genoas are set from the headstay.

    Sailing Fundamentals

  • If the foresails are labeled according to their foot length relative to the distance between the mast and forestay, then percentages are used-100 percent, 120 percent, 150 percent, etc.

    Sailing Fundamentals

  • Sails can be divided into four main categories: mains (and mizzens), foresails (what we have been calling jibs), staysails, and spinnakers.

    Sailing Fundamentals

  • Fire sheets from the pier, and the foresails of the lead schooner burst into flames.

    The Towers of the Sunset


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